Where the Crawdads Sing is a movie that was recently released on Netflix. The film is an adaption of a book that was a huge success by debut novelist Delia Owens. The movie is directed by Olivia Newman and written by Lucy Alibar. The film has a run time of 2 hours and 5 minutes. it carries mystery, crime, and drama as its genres and has emotional and romantic themes.
Where the Crawdads Sings tells two tales until both tales intertwine with each other. One story is about a young woman called Kya who gets abandoned by her family. Her siblings and her mother abandoned her when she was a child to escape from her violent father. Ultimately when everyone left her alone in the family house, her only human connections became Mabel, a local shopkeeper, and her husband. Kya learned to fend herself by fishing and collecting mussels in the marshes. The other story is happening in another timeline. The tale follows an investigation that is happening regarding the murder of Chase Andrews who was a local celebrity of Barkley Cove. Kya is also involved with Chase and as both, stories progress we will be intrigued to see how the two tales are going to intertwine.
Since the book did so well, everyone has great expectations from the film. The film has done a decent amount of justice to the book. The story is very much simple but quite intriguing. It has a very classic approach. Since the story is a murder mystery it gives a lot of areas where the viewers will be thrilled and excited about the scenes. One amazing thing about the story is that it is almost impossible to guess the suspense. We might be surprised by the turn of events at various points of the plot and this makes the movie an absolute pleasure to watch. The story not only excels in giving us a good murder mystery plot but also does quite well around the romance part. The makers have been able to balance both sides of the story and this will make the movie a favorite among the audience. Audiences who have already read the book might even find that the movie surprisingly gives us a more definite ending but this opinion might differ from person to person.
The movie has been shot in North Carolina and most of the scenes are breathtaking. The cast is the cherry on the cake. The actors have given flawless performances and have been able to portray the characters with much authenticity. The story and characters make us heavily interested in this film from the start till the end which makes this film, not just a one-time watch. it has a huge capacity to entertain you even on your second or third watch. The movie has provided all the themes and genres it has promised us. From the emotional scenes to the nail-biting suspense to the romance which highlights the entire film, Where the Crawdads Sings just makes your watching experience phenomenal.
The only con of the movie might be its pace. Sometimes the scenes are too long which could have been avoided. The slow pace of the film makes the entire movie lengthy, but the characters and story make up for this lacking of the film. Certainly, give this film a try for its amazing story, characters, beautiful music, and gorgeous cinematography
Final Score – [8/10]
Reviewed by - Poornima Balsu
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